Approximately 85 percent of Americans will deal with acne at some point in their lives.
If you’re currently struggling with frustrating breakouts, you’re not alone.
Many people turn to prescription medications to help clear up their skin. If you’re not ready for this, though, you’re in luck. Listed below are some of the best homeopathic remedies for acne.
Give them a try!
Use Natural Products
There are lots of products — many of which are probably already in your pantry at home — that can help clear your skin naturally.
Honey and Cinnamon
Honey and cinnamon have long been considered some of the best homeopathic remedies for acne. This is because they are great sources of antioxidants, which reduce inflammation. They also have antibacterial properties.
One of the easiest ways to utilize honey and cinnamon is to mix them together and make a mask.
Simply combine two tablespoons of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon. Once you have a paste, apply it to clean, dry skin. Then, let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
Rinse it off completely when time’s up and gently pat your face dry.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an essential oil that comes from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia. This is a small tree that is native to Australia.
Tea tree oil has antibacterial properties and also reduces inflammation and redness.
Although it is highly effective at treating acne, it can be irritating to sensitive skin, so it’s important to dilute it thoroughly before applying.
Tea tree oil typically works best as a spot treatment. Mix one part oil with nine parts water. Then, use a cotton ball or swab to apply it to affected areas.
You can use this method 1-2 times per day, but it’s best to start with just one to make sure it doesn’t dry out your skin too much.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has a number of uses for everything from cleaning your house to healing your gut!
It also makes a great facial toner. This is because it contains bacteria-fighting acids and suppresses inflammation. It also dries up excess oil which can cause breakouts.
To use apple cider vinegar to treat your acne, mix one part with three parts water. You can also use more if you have sensitive skin.
Use a cotton ball to apply the mixture to clean, dry skin. Let it sit for 5-20 seconds, then rinse your face with water and pat it dry. You can do this up to two times per day, but, as with the tea tree oil, it’s best to start with just one and see how your skin does.
Change Your Habits
These homeopathic remedies for acne aren’t going to do much good if they’re being canceled out by your other habits. In addition to changing the products you use on your skin, you can also try implementing these other good habits:
Use an Acne-Fighting Facewash
Regularly using a gentle, acne-fighting product like CleaRx can help you eliminate existing pimples and prevent new ones from showing up.
Just make sure you don’t overdo it. Overwashing can actually cause your sebaceous glands to produce more sebum, which increases your chances of breakouts.
Exfoliating helps slough off dead skin cells, which collect in your pores and clog them, causing breakouts.
Some exfoliating products can be overly harsh and may irritate sensitive skin. To avoid this, try making a face scrub at home. Homemade products will be more gentle and they’ll also be better for your bank account!
Change Your Hairstyle
If you have long hair or bangs, the oils may be irritating your skin and causing breakouts. Wash your hair regularly and make sure you’re keeping it off your face — especially during workouts.
Wear Less Makeup
When you’re dealing with breakouts, it’s tempting to pile on the makeup to cover up blemishes. Unfortunately, this tends to do more harm than good.
Many makeup products clog the pores and cause additional pimples and blackheads.
If you have a big event coming up and need to cover up some spots, make sure you’re using a water-based concealer that won’t clog your pores.
Don’t Touch Your Face
It’s also important to avoid squeezing or scratching at pimples and blackheads. This increases oil production, which leads to additional breakouts.
Popping pimples also causes infection and oil to spread underneath your skin, which will also cause more breakouts.
Wash Your Pillowcase
You pillowcase can easily become a breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria. When you lay on it night after night, you’re just reintroducing all the dirt and oil from the day before back into your skin.
Change your pillowcase every other day to keep your skin extra clean.
Take Your Vitamins
Make sure your diet is rich in vitamins and minerals that help promote healthy skin.
Some to include on a daily basis include:
- Vitamin A: Found in carrots, sweet potatoes, and leafy greens, Vitamin A reduces oil production while strengthening the skin’s protective tissues
- Chromium: Found in whole grains and leafy greens, chromium is great for healing skin infections
- Zinc: Found in oysters, red meat, and whole grains, zinc has antibacterial properties and is essential for the skin’s oil-producing glands
Of course, getting nutrients from foods is ideal for overall health. But, this isn’t always possible.
If you have a hard time getting all the necessary vitamins and minerals from your diet alone, you may want to consider taking a high-quality multivitamin.
Eat Less Sugar
In addition to adding in healthy foods, you should also consider eliminating unhealthy ones, especially sugar.
Cutting out sugar offers a variety of health benefits, including clearing up acne. When you eat too much sugar, you experience an insulin spike. This, in turn, increases oil production and can result in clogged pores.
Want More Homeopathic Remedies for Acne?
You now know the benefits of homeopathic remedies for acne. But, do you want to learn more about how to naturally keep your skin healthy and clear?
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